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Mineral Information
 Andalusite
 Anhydrite
 Apatite
 Arsenopyrite
 Augite
 Azurite

 Barite
 Bauxite
 Benitoite
 Beryl
 Biotite
 Bornite
 Calcite
 Cassiterite
 Chalcocite
 Chalcopyrite
 Chlorite
 Chromite
 Chrysoberyl
 Cinnabar
 Clinozoisite
 Copper
 Cordierite
 Corundum
 Cuprite
 Diamond
 Diopside
 Dolomite

 Enstatite
 Epidote

 Fluorite
 Fuchsite

 Galena
 Garnet
 Glauconite
 Gold
 Graphite
 Gypsum
 Halite
 Hematite
 Hornblende

 Ilmenite

 Jadeite

 Kyanite

 Limonite
 Magnesite
 Magnetite
 Malachite
 Marcasite
 Molybdenite
 Monazite
 Muscovite

 Nepheline
 Nephrite

 Olivine
 Orthoclase
 Plagioclase
 Prehnite
 Pyrite
 Pyrophyllite
 Pyrrhotite

 Quartz

 Rhodochrosite
 Rhodonite
 Rutile
 Scapolite
 Serpentine
 Siderite
 Sillimanite
 Silver
 Sodalite
 Sphalerite
 Spinel
 Spodumene
 Staurolite
 Sulfur
 Sylvite
 Talc
 Titanite
 Topaz
 Tourmaline
 Turquoise

 Uraninite

 Witherite
 Wollastonite

 Zircon
 Zoisite

Fluorescent MineralsFluorescent Minerals Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors under ultraviolet light. What Are Minerals?What Are Minerals? Minerals are the building blocks of our society. We use items made with them every day. Mineral IdentificationMineral Identification Mineral Identification Chart Printable mineral ID chart by Art Crossman in MS Excel format. Hand LensHand Lens Hand Lens A 10-power folding magnifier in a metal case. A frequently used lab and field tool.
Mineral HardnessMohs Hardness Test Mohs Hardness Scale is a set of reference minerals used for classroom hardness testing. Hardness PicksHardness Picks Hardness Picks - Mohs hardness testing with precise and easy-to-use hardness picks. Diamond: The MineralDiamond Diamond is a mineral with unique properties and many gem and industrial uses! QuartzQuartz Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the crust. It has many useful properties.
Diamonds from Coal?How Do Diamonds Form? Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal That is one of the biggest misconceptions in science. Fee MiningFee Mining Fee Mining sites are mines that you can enter, pay a fee, and keep anything that you find. CalciteCalcite Calcite is a carbonate mineral with industrial, agricultural, medical and many other uses. TopazTopaz Topaz is a mineral best known as a durable gemstone and its use in Mohs Hardness Scale.
Tucson Mineral ShowTucson Gem and Mineral Show Tucson Gem & Mineral Show Photos from the largest gem and mineral show. U.S. GemstonesUnited States Gemstones United States Gemstones Small mines in the U.S. produce a diversity of gemstones. CorundumCorundum Corundum is the third hardest mineral. It is also the mineral of ruby and sapphire. DiopsideDiopside Diopside - Gem material, ornamental stone, diamond indicator, industrial mineral.
Uses of GoldUses of Gold Gold has unique properties that make it one of the most useful minerals. Streak TestStreak The Streak Test is a method to determine the color of a mineral in powdered form. Rare Earth ElementsRare Earth Elements Rare Earth Elements are used in cell phones, DVDs, batteries, magnets & many other products. IlmeniteIlmenite Ilmenite - The primary ore of titanium and source of most titanium dioxide.
The Acid TestMineral Acid Test The Acid Test Geologists use dilute hydrochloric acid to identify carbonate minerals. Rock Tumblingrock tumblers Rock Tumblers - All about rock tumblers and rock tumbling. Read before you buy a tumbler. GarnetGarnet Garnet is best known as a red gemstone. It occurs in any color and has many industrial uses. MineraloidsMineraloids Mineraloids are amorphous naturally-occurring inorganic solids that lack crystallinity.
Chalcopyritechalcopyrite Chalcopyrite - The most important ore of copper for over five thousand years. Is Water a Mineral?Is Water a Mineral? Are Water and Ice Minerals? Comparing their properties with the definition of a mineral. Herkimer DiamondsHerkimer Diamonds Herkimer Diamonds Doubly-terminated quartz crystals used as specimens and gems. Hematitehematite on Mars Hematite - the most important source of iron ore and mineral pigment since prehistory.
Colored Glasscolored glass Minerals in Colored Glass - Minerals are what produce the color in colored glass. RhodochrositeRhodochrosite Rhodochrosite : a manganese mineral used as an ore, a pink gem and an ornamental stone. Cinnabarcinnabar Cinnabar - the only important ore of mercury. Used as a pigment until its toxicity was realized. RhodoniteRhodonite Rhodonite - a manganese silicate used as a minor ore of manganese and as a gemstone.
BenitoiteBenitoite Benitoite Discovery and geology of the State Gem of California - USGS report from 1911. KyaniteKyanite Kyanite a metamorphic mineral that most often forms from clay-rich sedimentary rocks. Spodumene Spodumene Spodumene is a pegmatite mineral, an ore of lithium and sometimes a gemstone. Denver Mineral ShowDenver Mineral Show Denver Gem and Mineral Show Photos and comments about this incredible annual show.
Rock and Mineral KitsRock and Mineral Kits Rock, Mineral and Fossil Collections. Nice kits for personal or classroom use. SerpentineSerpentine Serpentine - metamorphic rocks used in construction, architecture and lapidary work. Azuriteazurite Azurite - Used as an ore of copper, a pigment, ornamental stone and gem material. Uses of SilverUses of silver Uses of Silver Most people think of jewelry and coins, but silver\'s primary use is industrial.
Olivine RainOlivine Rain Olivine Rain Spitzer Telescope discovered a rain of olivine crystals on protostar HOPS-68. Dangerous MinesAbandoned Mine Accidents Abandoned Mine Accidents kill 20 to 30 per year. Education can prevent many of them. SnowflakesHow Do Snowflakes Form? How Do Snowflakes Form? They start as tiny crystals. Some grow on the way down. Fireworks & MineralsMinerals and Fireworks The Science of Fireworks Their shapes and colors are produced through chemistry, physics & art.
Limonitelimonite Limonite - an amorphous iron oxide. An ore of iron and a pigment since prehistory. TriboluminescenceTriboluminescence Triboluminescence is flash produced when a mineral is rubbed, scratched or broken.    

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